My child tells school staff they do not feel well – now what?

Hello Families,

You will have noticed in the letter we sent out from the Director yesterday some important changes to our COVID protocols.

Please know these changes are Ministry mandated.

When your child is at school and expresses, they do not feel well (one symptom) we are obligated to treat the situation as a possible COVID case. Please know this is out of an abundance of caution, in the effort to keep all staff, students, and their extended families safe.

You will need to make arrangements to pick your child up from school, along with their siblings, and begin the isolation period.

This isolation period for the symptomatic individual can end when ANY of the following happen:

  • There is a negative COVID-19 test
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 10 days have passed since the symptom started, and it has not gotten worse, however the remainder of the household must isolate for 14 days after the last contact with the symptomatic individual

This isolation period for the asymptomatic family members can end when ANY of the following happen:

  • The negative test results are received and confirmed
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 14 days have passed since the last contact with the symptomatic family member (if there is no test result or alternate medical diagnosis

Please know that we understand that this is a change from past practice. Also, please know that this is the mandate of the Ministry and Public Health

Prior to the start of the school day, if your child has symptoms that are found on the COVID-19 School Screening Assessment found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ they should stay home.

WHAT DO I SAY WHEN I AM CALLING MY CHILD IN SICK?

When calling your child in ILL from school, please describe the symptoms and let the office know which of the following you will seek:

  • A COVID-19 test
  • Going to the doctor, or
  • Self-isolating your family (siblings included)

A reminder that if one of your children has a COVID symptom ALL siblings from the school must stay at home as well.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We know that the next few months might be very challenging for your family as we follow these new protocols.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

St. Anne School Staff